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Saturday 21st January 2012

Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division

Creasey Park, Dunstable Attendance: 119

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Referee: Mr D. Richardson Mr J. Fowler & Mr I. Brown

Dunstable Town

3 3

Aylesbury United

  Half-time: (0-2)  
Paul TAYLORPlayer Image1
16 61m Damen PICKERINGPlayer Image2
Daniel MEADPlayer Image3
Joe BRUCEPlayer Image4
Nick LEACHPlayer Image5
Dean BRENNANPlayer Image6
Peter HOLMESPlayer Image7
Matthew JUDGEPlayer Image8
Nathan FRATERPlayer Image9
Lee ROACHEPlayer Image10
Jonathan COOPERPlayer Image11
George BRINKMANPlayer Image12
Craig HENNEYPlayer Image14
Jack NELLYPlayer Image15
2 61m Shane WOODPlayer Image16
Stephen COLESPlayer Image17
1Player ImageJack SILLITOE
2Player ImageSam SLATTER14 38m 
3Player ImageDaniel JONES
4Player ImageJack WOOD
5Player ImageJohn MULHOLLAND
6Player ImageMarcus SAWYER
7Player ImageLewis HALLFORD12 64m 
8Player ImageJoey ACHEAMPONG
9Player ImageBen BAINES
10Player ImageStacey FIELD
11Player ImagePaul EDGEWORTH
12Player ImageTom BARNETT7 64m 
14Player ImageJoe DONALDSON2 38m 7
15Player ImageRussell CLARK
16Player ImageTony JOYCE
17Player ImageJustin GORDON
MManager ImageTony JOYCE
Match Report



Aylesbury put a small dent in Dunstable Town’s title challenge as they held their 2nd placed hosts to a 3-3 draw on a day when either side could have taken all three points – Aylesbury holding a 2-0 half-time lead, whilst the Blues laid siege to the Ducks goal for most of the game but wasted chance after chance.

Town will also point to decisions going against them – notably an alleged handball in the build up to one of United’s goals and a clear-cut looking penalty going unawarded – but they had the opportunities to put the game to bed.

Take nothing away from Aylesbury though, whose performance was hungry from the outset and well deserving of a point at the very least.

Tony Joyce named an unchanged lineup for only the third time of the season as new signings Joe Donaldson and former Dunstable man Russell Clark took their places on the bench.

The home side had two great chances inside the first two minutes when Holmes and then Frater both shooting disappointingly over the bar from inside the box, but it was Aylesbury who took the lead in the 10th minute.

Hallford whipped in a curling free-kick from the left hand side which veteran keeper Paul Taylor allowed to slip from his grasp, and Edgeworth was on hand to stab the loose ball into the net. 1-0 Aylesbury

In doing so he became the first player since Cliff Campbell in 1988 to score 50 goals for the club.

Dunstable weren’t long in coming back on the attack though they continued to waste their chances. Judge slammed a shot over from 10-yards having been teed up, and striker Roache flicked a header wide from Holmes’ right sided cross.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic though and the Ducks had a string of successive efforts as Edgeworth spun and shot over. He went closer still moments later having got between defenders to head Slatter’s just wide.

Stacey Field then tried his luck with an instinctive early effort having got on the end of Mulholland’s firm defensive header but fired wide.

Too often Dunstable were guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net rather than have a shot at goal, but midway through the half Jon Cooper –goalscorer at Bell Close earlier in the season – did manage to get an effort away but it was straight at Sillitoe.

Against the run of play, United then added a second to their tally. The impressive Hallford cut inside from the right wing and crafted a delightful curling effort into the top corner with his left foot, giving Taylor no chance. 2-0 Aylesbury

Seconds later the Blues were unlucky not to have a goal back when Holmes hit the post with a rasping free-kick effort, before Acheampong shot wide from long range at the other end.

United were forced to introduce Donaldson before the break when Slatter was withdrawn having earlier twisted his ankle and replaced by the new man.

Further openings came and went for the hosts as the interval loomed, the first period brought to an end by Edgeworth going unbelievably close and grazing the crossbar with a free-kick from practically on the half way line.

Half-time: Dunstable 0-2 Aylesbury

Aylesbury came out after the break on the front foot and Acheampong skewed a shot wide straight from the kickoff, Edgeworth shot just wide with another superb effort, this time on the half-volley from 25-yards. There was also a brief goalmouth scramble after a right sided free-kick which eventually came to nothing.

Dunstable then turned on the pressure and began to lay siege to the Ducks’ goal. Judge cut in from the left but saw his shot strike Mulholland and loop just over the bar, before Brennan bent a shot wide of the target from distance five minutes later.

Judge was teed up again on the edge of the box, but yet again shot over, with Roache also guilty of misplaced finishing as he rolled a shot all the way across goal and wide from a tight angle.

At the other end Aylesbury took advantage of Dunstable’s throwing men forward and Acheampong burst through the middle to go one-on-one with Taylor, but the home keeper won the duel by saving.

It would surely have put the game out of Town’s reach, and instead, they pulled a goal back soon afterwards. Holmes’ free-kicks had been a threat throughout, so it was no surprise that a goal arose from one of them, but it was disappointing from United’s point of view that his delivery into the box went straight into the goal with no intervention. 1-2

The Ducks then suffered another blow when key man Hallford had to leave the party injured, replaced by Tom Barnett in the midfield with Stacey Field moving wide to the right.

The Dunstable pressure hadn’t subsided, Judge firing a dipping effort over (again) the bar, but on 69 minutes they drew level. A cross in from the right dropped kindly for Cooper, and he calmly slotted the ball home past Sillitoe. 2-2

Further chances came the home side’s way and Sillitoe was fully extended to tip Frater’s curler spectacularly past the post, Judge heading over from the resulting corner.

Edgeworth went for goal with a 25-yard top corner bound free-kick which was well plucked out of the air by Taylor.

Either side could have re-taken the lead at this point, Holmes seeing a wind-assisted free-kick having to be tipped over by Sillitoe, whilst Acheampong had a shot gathered in by Taylor having broken free again.

It was the Ducks who did edge in front on 81 minutes. Jones’ pinpoint delivery was met by a header from Field, which directed the ball nicely into the path of Baines who headed into the bottom corner. 3-2 Aylesbury

With nine minutes plus stoppage time still to play, Aylesbury were faced with a barrage of pressure with Mulholland nearly putting through his own net, a Roache shot hitting a defender in the box before being cleared, and Brennan firing wide from distance to the frustration of his teammates.

The Ducks were given a let off when an apparent trip by Mulholland on Roache in the box didn’t tempt the referee to award a penalty, and it looked like United might complete their ‘smash and grab’ with all three points.

But the onslaught had to eventually pay, and deep in stoppage time the ball was scrambled home after a corner kick to ensure parity at full time. 3-3

There was even still time for Sillitoe to make another good save, the rebound fired into the side netting, and although deserved on number of chances alone, to deny Aylesbury a share of the spoils would have been hard on the valiant Ducks.

Minute by Minute Updates

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Aylesbury are unchanged for the game, new signings Joe Donaldson and Russell Clark are on the bench

Two ex-Ducks in Danny Mead and Nick Leach, plus a further in substitute Craig Henney in Dunstable's squad today

Joey Acheampong sporting pigtails today!

And we're underway at Creasey Park...

2. Ball dropped invitingly for the unmarked Holmes following a left-wing cross. Hammered his half-volley well over
3. Bright start from Dunstable. Frater shoots over from inside the box
5. Acheampong beat right back, low ball into the box cleared away
9. Free kick for the Ducks won by Jones after good play by Baines on the corner of the box
10. GOAL! 1-0 Aylesbury. Edgeworth alive to the rebound after the keeper can't hold Hallford's curling free-kick
13. Ball teed up for Judge 15-yards out, slams shot over
16. Too easy for Dunstable down the right. Holmes' cross is met with a flicked header from Roache whose header goes wide across goal
18. Edgeworth spins and shoots over the bar after being played in from the right
21. Edgeworth goes close after getting between defenders and heading wide Slatter's cross
22. Field gets on the end of Mulholland's defensive header and tries an instinctive early hit which went wide
23. Dunstable effort from Cooper straight at Sillitoe
24. Nasty looking ankle turn from Slatter on the far side of the pitch, seems fine luckily
32. Comedy attacking from Dunstable as they try to walk the ball into the net without ever having a shot
33. GOAL! 2-0 Aylesbury. Superb goal from Hallford who checks in from the right flank and drift a shot into the top corner
34. Unlucky for Dunstable as Holmes hit the post with a superb free kick
37. Acheampong rode challenge from Brennan, shot wide from range
38. Aylesbury sub: New signing Donaldson on for Slatter who was struggling with injury
40. Low ball in from the left spooned over his own bar by an Aylesbury defender
41. Cooper crashes shot over for Dunstable after neat passing in the box
43. Holmes lines up another dangerous Dunstable free-kick... Hit Frater in the box and came to nothing
45. Frater booked
45. Edgeworth goes unbelievably close with a free-kick from the half way line

HT: Aylesbury 2-0 Dunstable: Despite a backs to the wall defensive last 10 minutes we take a very impressive lead to half time

Second half has started

1. Straight from kickoff the ball is worked to Acheampong who skews a shot badly wide
2. Acheampong wins the Ducks a free-kick by the right corner flag. Caused a brief scramble in the box which eventually comes to nothing as the ball is cleared
2. Edgeworth lets fly with another sublime effort - a half volley which flies just past the upright
3. Judge cut in from the left, shot looped up off Mulholland and over the bar
8. Ball spread inside for Brennan, bent shot wide of the target from range
10. Ball teed up to Judge on the edge of the box as Aylesbury unable to get a meaningful challenge in. Places shot over. How many chances do they need?!
11. Ambitious effort from Edgeworth not caught right and drifts wide
13. Roache went for goal from a tight angle, shot rolled wide across goal
13. Acheampong bursts through on goal, one-on-one ended wide but corner awarded. Caught easily by the keeper
15. GOAL! 1-2. Long free-kick from Holmes goes all the way in
16. Dunstable sub: Shane Wood on for Pickering
18. Hallford down with a knock
19. Aylesbury sub: Barnett on for Hallford
22. Dipping effort from Judge over the bar
24. GOAL! 2-2. Ball dropped to Cooper from right wing cross, finished calmly inside the post
26. Frater curling effort draws good save to tip the ball wide from Sillitoe
The resulting corner headed over by Judge
28. Bruce booked
Edgeworth's top corner bound free-kick plucked out of the air by the keeper
30. Holmes tried a long ranger but got it all wrong
32. Wind-assisted free-kick from Holmes had to be well tipped over by Sillitoe
34. Acheampong beat the offside trap to go one-on-one, low shot gathered in by Taylor
36. GOAL! 3-2 Aylesbury. Baines heads into the corner after a brilliant header from Field to give him the chance after Jones' pinpoint delivery
40. Edgeworth just left Bruce for dead with his 'pace'! Played to Field whose attempted cut back was put out for a corner
41. Jones concedes a free-kick in a dangerous right wing position... Very nearly own og as Mulholland goes close to putting through his own net. Then from the corner Roache shot flies in and hits a defender before its cleared
43. Another waste of possession from Dunstable as Brennan shoots wide from distance
45. Massive let off as Mulholland takes trips Roache in the box. Referee not interested
Another couple of shots come in, turned wide. Just as Creaser shouts 'deal with it' the Ducks do exactly the opposite...
45. GOAL! 3-3. Scrambled in after a corner. No idea who scored
45. Sillitoe with a great save, rebound put wide into the side netting